I'm in the market for a used Ford Escape. Hertz Auto Sales has a few 2002
Ford Escape XLT 4x4 for sale for about $16k. I checked with Ford and they
said the original Ford warranties would still be in effect if I bought one
and Hertz has their own additional 12 month/12k miles warrranty. Has anyonne
ever purchased a car from Hertz? Am I crazy for wanting to buy a used rental
We bought our 97 T-bird from Budget rentals and have no trouble with it even
though it has a V-8 in it.Nothing pre worn, just as good as getting a used car
else where but cheaper
and yes a better warranty from Budget along with the full factory one
I bought two used rentals and had bad exp's with both of them. 1997 Chevy
Malibu Gold EWdition, and a 1999 Buick Century. First was from Budget and
the second from Enterprise. Both I got at under 20K miles first one had a
ton of problems, and the second noone could fix or find the reason why it
was hesitating. Other than that I loved the Buick. Ford might be a
different story though.
No you are not crazy, as a matter of fact you may be able to get a very
good deal since the rental companies are able to buy the cars very cheap
since they buy in huge quantities.
See if you can take the car to a mechanic you trust for a thorough
check-out before you buy.
You will probably see a fair number of negatives in here cause that is
the nature of newsgroups.
Do not forget to negotiate with them and look out for add-ons (they are
still "used car dealers" at this point.
I wrote the original message....and I'm only considering buying a used
rental car because they are only a year old and the original factory
warranty--at least the remaining two years--is still good. I checked with
Ford and they confirmed it. And, Hertz has their own additional 12 months,
12,000 mile powertrain warranty.
I worked for Hertz as a Tech for 11 years. I can say that the cars sold by
the car sales lot in were probably the best of the bunch. Most rental cars
are not owned by the rental company. They are leased. The deal is usually
something likethis. Hertz gets 200 Ford Taurus' (Tauri?). Hertz has to buy
20% (40 cars) at the end of the lease. This plan changes year to year but
the concept stays the same. This covers cars that had damage over certain
limits, this will be about 25-30 cars. They pick the best of that group
(lowest mileage, least or no damage in its rental career, best service
records) for the used car sales lot to make up the last 10 or 15 cars.
All Hertz locations are authorized for warranty repairs so we attended the
Ford Training center for training. The maintenence on the vehicles has to be
darn close to by the book or Ford will reject the cars when they are turned
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